Paris St Germain run rings around Bayern Munich in Paris
Champions League round-up: Barcelona labour to Lisbon win; Higuain stirs Juve in Turin; Basel rout Benfica
Paris St Germain tore apart Bayern Munich to win 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday as the French club’s expensively-assembled attack made another devastating statement of their potency.
Bayern, who started with defender Mats Hummels and wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery on the bench, lacked pace up front and were overwhelmed at the back despite a good spell in the middle of the first half.
Barcelona laboured to victory after Sebastian Coates’s own goal helped the Spanish side record an unconvincing 1-0 Group D win away to Sporting Lisbon.
After a frustrating first half, Barcelona scored in fortunate circumstances when Coates bundled into his own net under pressure from Luis Suarez in the 49th minute.
Lionel Messi made his 593rd Barcelona appearance – tying him third with Carles Puyol on the club’s all-time list – but the Argentine was unable to add to his brace against Juventus in their opening win.
Barcelona have been in free-scoring mood this season, with 20 goals in six La Liga games, but were left frustrated by a host of missed opportunities in the opening half in Lisbon.
With Juve dominating possession but failing to create many goal-scoring opportunities, Argentine striker Higuain entered the fray on the hour mark and fired home the rebound from his own shot nine minutes later to give Juve the lead.
With Olympiakos seeking to score on the counter, Juventus spent much of the game bombarding the Greek side’s penalty area with crosses, free kicks and corners and Mandzukic went close with a trio of headers before scoring in the 80th minute.
Dimitri Oberlin scored twice in Basel’s 5-0 rout of 10-man Benfica as the Swiss champions reignited their Champions League hopes to move second in Group A.
Both teams lost their opening group games but Basel took just two minutes to put their 3-0 defeat by Manchester United behind them when Michael Lang struck from inside the area after a break on the left.
Basel effectively killed off the game with a stunning second on 21 minutes when Renato Steffen mounted a counter-attack from deep inside his own half and found Oberlin who threaded a neat finish through keeper Julio Cesar’s legs.
A bad night for Benfica’s 5,000 travelling supporters turned rapidly worse with Dutchman Ricky van Wolfswinkel scoring Basel’s third from the penalty spot after Lubomir Fejsa felled the ever-dangerous Oberlin.
The 68th-minute dismissal of Andre Almeida for a wild two-footed lunge on Luca Zuffi made the home side’s task that much easier with Oberlin adding his second and Blas Riveros their fifth as Benfica suffered their first competitive loss to a Swiss side.
Goals from Greek defender Konstantinos Manolas and Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko helped AS Roma to a 2-1 win at Qarabag in an entertaining Group C clash.
The pair scored in the opening 15 minutes in the Azeri capital to give the Serie A side a two-goal lead but the visitors endured a nervy second half after Pedro Henrique pulled one back in the 28th minute.
Centre back Manolas fired Roma ahead with a diving close-range header in the seventh minute, scoring his first goal for the club in European competition after Lorenzo Pellegrini drove the ball into the six-yard box.
Dzeko made it 2-0 when he volleyed an angled shot off the underside of the bar past fellow Bosnian Ibrahim Sehic from eight metres, having chested down a looping pass by strike partner Stephan El Shaarawy.
Roma looked in complete control when Brazilian Henrique scored Qarabag’s first goal in Europe’s elite competition, beating goalkeeper Alisson Becker with the outside of his foot after a fine pass by Dino Ndlovu.